|"Freedom of choice can turn into a tyranny of choice."|
|Barry Schwartz, professor of psychology, Swarthmore College|
I can't take it anymore!
She's overloaded — with too many choices!
Here's a typical modern day's internal struggle brought upon by today's wealth of technology...
"MP3s. Yeah, I'll download a few and listen. Wait, what about the radio — I like the afternoon DJ. No, satellite radio has a great program on too. Just got that new CD though — maybe I'll give it a listen. But that DVD's been sitting on the table for over a week! Yeah, but I like that old show "Mr. Ed" on cable — it's about to begin. Maybe I'll record it, but I already have more than a month of programs queued up."
Striving for affluence? It's a double-edged sword. If this isn't you yet, it could be — if you're seeking inordinate material wealth.
And here's a warning! It is only going to get worse midcentury when Phrenicea becomes part of our lives.
More than just music and video and all the cool hi-tech gadgets which all become obsolete — imagine having every bit of information from the beginning of recorded history instantly available to you upon demand. Just by thinking!
Here might be a typical day's internal struggle midcentury, helped along by that spitish Miss Paradox...
"What do I think about?"
"What do I want to learn?"
"What music should I listen to — or compose?"
"Whose memory would I like to relive?"
"I can't decide!!!"